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Constellation expects $54.8 mln in quarterly losses from Canopy investment

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Constellation Brands Inc expects to record a loss of about $54.8 million in its current quarter from its billion-dollar investment in weed producer Canopy Growth, the Corona brewer disclosed in a regulatory filing on Monday.

Aug 26 (Reuters) - Constellation Brands Inc STZ.N expects to record a loss of about $54.8 million in its current quarter from its billion-dollar investment in weed producer Canopy Growth WEED.TO, the Corona brewer disclosed in a regulatory filing on Monday.

The brewer has invested more than $4 billion in Canopy for a nearly 56% stake in the marijuana producer, banking on the proposed legalization of recreational weed in several countries. (http://bit.ly/30z9beN)

Constellation, in its recent post-earnings call, told analysts it was not pleased with Canopy's loss-making streak.

Canopy has been investing heavily to diversify and expand its operations, including the launch of new products.

Canopy also fired founder and co-Chief Executive Officer Bruce Linton in July, a move that is believed to be orchestrated by Constellation.

The brewer reported a loss of $1.30 per share in the first quarter compared with a profit of $3.77 a year ago, mainly due to a 20 cents per share loss related to Canopy.

(Reporting by Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)

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